After promoting tourism to the Negev and the Arava last week, President Shimon
Peres is now turning his attention to the northern part of the country and on
Monday will tour the Golan Heights.
He is scheduled to first visit Umm
el-Kantir in the southwestern Golan, which in ancient times was an affluent
Jewish village and which contains one of the oldest and most beautiful
synagogues in the country. The synagogue, which dates back to the fifth century
CE, was severely damaged by an earthquake in 749.
Rediscovered in recent
years, it has been excavated and is currently undergoing restoration to make it
fit for religious services. Peres will then fast forward towards the future when
he visits the Hispin Midrasha which houses the College for Torah and Technology.
He will host a question and answer session with the 600 students of the
Midrasha, and the students will show the president some of the projects on which
they have been working.
Next he will tour the GGA (Galilee Genetics
Analysis) Laboratories, a relatively recent enterprise that specializes in
genetic-sequencing analysis that enables early detection of breast cancer and
other diseases. GGA also proves genetic links between individuals for legal
purposes such as determining paternity.
It is the first laboratory of its
kind in Israel and has obviated the need for sending samples for such testing to
Europe. At GGA, Peres will be briefed on new developments in genetics,
specifically a method of detecting cancer cells before they have had a chance to
spread in the body.